The Clash, “Hitsville U.K.”

The Clash, “Hitsville UK,” from the album, Sandinista, 1980.

Lyrics:

They cried the tears
They shed the fears
Up and down the land
They stole guitars
Or used guitars
So the tape would understand
Without even the slightest hope
Of a thousand sales

Just as if
As if there was
A Hitsville in U.K.

I know the boy was all alone
Til the Hitsville hit U.K.

They say true talent will always emerge in time
When lightening hits small wonder
Its fast rough factory trade
No expense accounts
Or lunch discounts
Or hyping up the charts
The band went in
‘n knocked ’em dead
In 2 min. 59

No slimy deals
With smarmy eels
In Hitsville U.K.

Lets shake’n say
We’ll operate
In Hitsville U.K.

I know the boy felt all alone
Till the Hitsville hit UK

The mutants, creeps, and musclemen
Are shaking like a leaf
It blows a hole
In the radio
When it hasn’t sounded good all week

I know the boy felt all alone
Till the Hitsville hit UK

A mike’n boom
In your living room
In Hitsville U.K.

No consumer trials
Or A.O.R.
In Hitsville U.K.

Now the boys and girls are not alone
Now the Hitsville hit UK.

I know the boys and girls are not alone
Now the Hitsville hit UK.

I know the boys and girls are not alone
Now the Hitsville hit UK.

I know the boys and girls are not alone
Now the Hitsville hit UK.

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